Every film from Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" essays.
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Indiana Jones - the new hero from the creators of JAWS and STAR WARS.
When Dr. Indiana Jones – the tweed-suited professor who just happens to be a celebrated archaeologist – is hired by the government to locate the legendary Ark of the Covenant, he finds himself up against the entire Nazi regime.
I was recently posed the question; ‘what is the greatest blockbuster of all time?’ It is a question I pondered for barely a second before answering: Raiders of the Lost Ark.
It’s hard to think of a film filled with more iconic moments. In one movie Spielberg, and to his credit, Lucas, have managed to create more iconic images and lines of dialogue in a single film than most filmmakers achieve in a lifetime: the boulder dash, retrieving the hat, the melting face, sword vs. gun, the snake pit. I could easily go on, practically every sequence in the film has at least one standout moment that has become part of the public’s consciousness.
Yet a film made up of…
Quite possibly the best adventure film of all time.
It's not the years, honey, it's the mileage.
Even before anything actually happens in the film, or even before we've seen Indiana's face, you feel like you're watching something special just by the font of the opening credits. As ridiculous as that sounds I think it's true. As the letters appear superimposed over three characters we haven't met yet traipsing through a unidentified jungle, you can feel it in your gut that you're about to experience something fantastic. It's one of the rare films that made going to the movies a truly special experience.
The film is simply iconic. It's filled with iconic characters, iconic moments and even an iconic musical score. We've all heard the stories about…
Spielberg and Lucas infect Raiders of the Lost Ark with all the glee and frenetic spirit of children who've just been given their first toy guns. It's filmed with such a genuine love of its influences, its adventures and characters that you literally have to hang on to its plot much the same way Indy hangs on to his beloved hat and Ark of the Covenant loaded trucks.
Regardless of the argument about whether Indiana Jones actually affects the end of the story, for me it's about his persistence and determination to do what's right than be a hero for the ages.
That, and the fact he looks fucking cool in a fedora.
This film entails the essence of everything I love about going to the movies.
You know what the best part of Raiders Of The Lost Ark is? It's the bit where he gets in Jock's plane and craps himself at discovering that a snake is sharing his place.
I'm not saying it's my favourite part. I don't have a favourite part, really, and I don't even concern myself with trying to think of one. But that one little scene, with a little help from Indy's dalliance with some darts fired from the walls, the giant rock, the pit, and the door that nearly loses him his hat, establishes straight away that this isn't going to be your usual action adventure.
This hero's a little bit different. He's not infallible. In fact, he might not…
The Blu ray is amazing.
As far as traditional blockbusters go, they just don't get much better than this. What else can I say? This is just a masterpiece.
The first great American action film. Non-stop momentum, an original epic hero, and one of the most fun movies ever. Proof that nostalgia, world traveling, and the supernatural make a formula for blockbuster success--a formula often repeated in the 80s and 90s.
Indy, serpientes y nazis
If all goes as planned, I'll be seeing this film in the movie theatres on Friday, August 15. I'm so freaking excited!
More than a little racist
I think pretty much whatever can be said about RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK has already been said. So, all I want to add is the following:
This movie is one of the most fun films ever made.
Harrison Ford's smirk and gleeful expression when things get intense always make me smile.
The dialogue by Lawrence Kasdan is top-notch. My favorite, right after Indy walks away from the burning wreckage of Marion's bar, is when Marion says, "Well, Jones, at least you haven't forgotten how to show a lady a good time."
Karen Allen is just superb in this movie. She's so sexy and vibrant and badass.
The Nazi Monkey is the X-factor in those initial Cairo scenes. Watching him…
There has been a popular meme of late (I think, what the hell is a meme exactly?) which posits that without our hero, Indiana Jones, the Nazi's would never have come close to finding the Ark of the Covenant and that therefore his presence in the story only serves to make matters worse. I believe this opinion was first introduced on hit TV show The Big Bang Theory, which makes sense, because only people who have been writing the same five jokes for eight years (you're short, she's dumb, he's from India, his mother is overbearing, and he probably has Aspergers) could present an idea which is that stupid.
See, what these "writers" have failed to distinguish between is a…
Indiana Jones is a college professor is on an adventure with his old friend to find the Ark of the Covenant. This movie is fucking outstanding just what a great adventure film with amazing visual effect's and Indiana Jones is the most bad-ass hero in every other movie I have seen.
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